I Heard God Laughing

I Heard God Laughing : Poems of Hope and Joy

By (author) Shirazi Hafiz , Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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From the renowned translator of "The Gift," a rich collection that brings the great Sufi poet to Western readers To Persians, the poems of Hafiz are not "classical literature" from a remote past but cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend that continue to be quoted in daily life. With uncanny insight, Hafiz captures the many forms and stages of love. His poetry outlines the stages of the mystic's "path of love"-a journey in which love dissolves personal boundaries and limitations to join larger processes of growth and transformation. With this stunning collection, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in translating the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and spiritual voices. BACKCOVER: "If you haven't yet had the delight of dining with Daniel Ladinsky's sweet, playful renderings of the musings of the great saints, "I Heard God Laughing" is a perfect appetizer. . . . This newly released edition of his first playful foray into Hafiz's divinely inspired poetry is essential reading . . . . Ladinsky is a master who will be remembered for finally bringing Hafiz alive in the West." -Alexandra Marks, "The Christian Science Monitor"

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  • Paperback | 91 pages
  • 134.62 x 208.28 x 5.08mm | 136.08g
  • 01 Oct 2006
  • Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
  • New Delhi
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143037811
  • 9780143037811
  • 18,804

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Daniel Ladinsky is an acclaimed translator of mystical poetry. For six years, he made his home in a spiritual community in western India, where he worked and lived with the intimate disciples and family of Avatar Meher Baba. This is his fourth volume of Hafiz poetry in translation.

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If you haven t yet had the delight of dining with Daniel Ladinsky s sweet, playful renderings of the musings of the great saints, I Heard God Laughing is a perfect appetizer.... This newly released edition of his first playful foray into Hafiz s divinely inspired poetry is essential reading . . . . Ladinsky is a master who will be remembered for finally bringing Hafiz alive in the West. Alexandra Marks, The Christian Science Monitor"

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